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CRUCIFIED MADONNA, 2018

ACRYLIC ON CANVAS,

18’ X 24"

ICON PAINTINGS, 2018-2019
PHOTO RECORDS, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, OIL ON CANVAS
DIMENSION VARIES
 
* PAINTING IN COLLABORATION WITH XIZI LUO
MODEL: JIANING LU
FIRST THE PAINTINGS ARE MADE IN THE STYLE OF FAN'S SCRAPBOOKING. THESE FRAGMENTS ARE DIRECTLY LIFTED OUT OF ITS ORIGINAL MAGAZINE/TABLOID CONTEXT. BUT THE INTIMATE CROPPING OF THESE COVER TEXTS AND THE ROMANTICIZATION OF CERTAIN FAMOUS POP ICONS ENTAIL A STRONG SENSE OF DEVOTION, IF NOT DELUSION, FROM THE MAIN MALE CHARACTER - THE "ARTIST".
THEN, BORROWING TROPES OF PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLING AND SET DESIGN, THE "ARTIST" DRAMATICALLY FASHIONED A SCENARIO TO ACTIVATE THESE WALL-MOUNTED "ART PIECES". THE PERFORMANCE CULMINATED AT THE PRESS OF THE SHUTTER, REALIZING AN EFFORT TO PERSONIFY A, OFTEN TRAGIC AND HIGHLY PUBLICIZED, ASPECT OF AN "ICON".
 
THROUGH FILTERS AND PHOTOSHOP, THE IMAGES WERE EVENTUALLY UPLOADED TO SOCIAL MEDIA AS A SERIES OF CAMPAIGN, NOT AS MUCH FOR THE ORIGINAL "ICON" IN REFERENCE, BUT A SELF-PROCLAIMED ICON. AND THE INEXHAUSTIBLE EFFORT OF THE "ARTIST" TO EMBODY THIS "ICONIC-NESS" BECAME FRAUGHT WITH SELF-DECEPTION AND PALLIATIVE VANITY, AS IF TOPICALLY-APPLIED FAME IS SOMETHING THAT CAN BE INTERNALIZED BY A FAN. 

CRUCIFIED LANA, OIL ON CANVAS, 11 x 14 IN

CRUCIFIED GAGA, OIL ON CANVAS, 11" X 14"

FALLEN ANGEL, 2018

ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

18 x 24 IN

MARIAH (MAGDALENE), 2019

OIL ON CANVAS

12 x 16 IN

*PAINTED IN COLLABORATION WITH XIZI LUO

PERSECUTION OF LANA, 2019

ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

11"X14"

GOD IS A CONCEPT (LENNON'S LAST PORTRAIT WITH CHAPMAN), 2018

ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 20" X 24", 2018                        

*PAINTED BY XIZI LUO AND ALEXANDER SI

APRIL'S FOOL (LESLIE CHEUNG'S DEATH NOTE), 2018

ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 

23 x 35 IN

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HAVE NOT SEEN AND YET HAVE BELIEVED, 2018

OIL ON CANVAS

23 x 35 IN                        

PAINTED IN COLLABORATION WITH XIZI LUO